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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Word of God incarnate is the light of the world. He is the true light who shines on all mankind and the question is, how will people respond. Irreligious may refuse to recognize him becau...
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Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Mar 06, 2016
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53 mins 40 secs
In today’s passage, “Paul asks four revealing questions and makes four stabilizing declarations: God sticks up for us, provides for us, justifies us, and loves us. God’s love is loyal, generous, just and eternal. God fights for us, God gives to us, God defends us, God cares for us – no matter what happens. God is for us in friendship, God is over us in provision, God is around us in protection, God is with us in preservation. Therefore, we should never feel opposed by God, we should never feel deprived by God, we should never feel condemned by God and we should never feel abandoned by God. May we so believe the gospel that we live in the atmosphere of God’s overcoming partnership, God’s over-compensating generosity, God’s overruling advocacy and God’s overwhelming love.” – Raymond Ortlund, Jr
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
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53 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 53 brings to a climax the teaching about God’s Servant. It describes one who would be scarred and mangled, rejected and derided. But he would not be treated that way because of his own iniquities. Instead this Servant would bear the punishment belonging to others. He endured it all without complaint. He endured the death penalty even though he was innocent. All of this fulfilled God’s purpose, making the Servant an offering to cover our guilt. As we learn about the Servant Jesus, let us join those who through the ages that have placed their faith in Him and trusted his sacrifice on their behalf.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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42 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Every church or family of churches should have a strategy for developing and deploying church leaders. Paul’s words to Timothy point us in the right direction, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2). Churches need to train ministry leaders as an investment into the future. Now, colleges and seminaries can supplement the training process, but they never replace the local church. Our desire at Gospel Grace is to identify, mentor, and send church leaders for purposeful multiplication in Salt Lake City and beyond. May the Lord help us in this endeavor in the years ahead.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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1 hr 0 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 49:1-13 is the second of what are called “The Servant Songs.” In the first (Isaiah 42:1-4) the Lord revealed his Servant as the answer to the world problem of not knowing the one and only God. Isaiah became at once aware that Israel as he knew it could not be the Lord’s Servant to the world (Isaiah 42:18-25). This awareness came to a climax in (Isaiah 48:1-22). Israel would return from Babylon but her problem of sin would be unresolved and she would not be a peace with God. In our text this morning, the Servant tells how he has been called and prepared for a double task: to bring Israel back to God, and to be the salvation that reaches to the end of the earth. May the Lord help us to recognize his Servant and share his salvation this morning.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 07, 2016
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57 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This section of Isaiah was written for the people of Judah who had been taken captive to Babylon. They were stripped of their possessions, removed from their homeland, and humiliated as captives. After trudging through the dirt of exile, they had to transition into a pagan culture. They moved and were setting up life in a different place. The major problem was that they were relationally distant from their God. The temple had been destroyed and they had long ignored the word of the Lord. I think you get a picture of where the people were at if you look at Isaiah 42. In (v. 18) they are called “deaf” and “blind,” In (v. 22) they are described as “a people plundered and looted… all of them trapped in holes.” The people of Judah were like (v. 18) “plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say ‘Restore!’” Judah was discouraged and beyond that, they felt disenfranchised. Their lives had deteriorated to a pile of smoldering firebrands. They were spent and used with nothing in themselves. They were coals raked over and spread in the dirt, left to dwindle and die out. Many probably wondered if beauty could ever rise from such piles of ash? Into that situation God revealed himself, made promises of goodwill to his people, and clarified their purpose in life.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
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56 mins 17 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Just as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed for service, so Cyrus was anointed by God to perform his special service for Israel’s sake. God called him by name over a century before he was born. God raised up this Persian king to do his specific will and nothing would prevent him from succeeding. Through his control of history, creation, and all the nations of the world, God wants to show us that he alone is the sovereign God. The intended goal is that by knowing, we would look to him and live. May the Lord convince us of his sovereignty this morning and cause us to find our salvation in him alone.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
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45 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In our text this morning Isaiah prophesies to the Jews exiled in Babylon. They were people teetering on the edge of despair. It was as though the ships bearing their dreams had sailed out of sight and all that was good had been taken from their lives. Perhaps they thought, “There goes my hope. There goes my happiness. All I can look forward to now is one long death sentence.” But when our thoughts fall that way, what does God do? He comes with a message of consolation and comfort. To all who are oppressed and afflicted, to those who have shattered dreams and failing hopes God comes with a message of comfort this morning. He offers strength to the weary and endurance to the fainting. May the Lord help us to wait on him and be renewed this morning.
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
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52 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "If you live inside the massive promise of Romans 8:28, your life is more solid and stable than Mount Everest. Nothing can blow you over when you are inside its walls. Outside of Romans 8:28 all is confusion and anxiety and fear and uncertainty. Outside this promise of all-encompassing grace, there are straw houses of drugs and alcohol and numbing TV and dozens of futile diversions. There are slat walls and tin roofs of fragile investment strategies and fleeting insurance coverage and trivial retirement plans. There are cardboard fortifications of deadbolt locks and alarm systems and antiballistic missiles. Outside are a thousand substitutes for Romans 8:28. Once you walk through the door of love into the massive unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There comes into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can’t be blown over anymore. The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life." (John Piper, Future Grace, 122-123)
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
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51 mins 27 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Isaiah’s time, Israel had a long, persistent history of rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with major superpowers of the day fighting for control of the region. The prophet Isaiah repeatedly warned the Israelites of God’s coming judgment. This section is addressed to those who are in exile and who later return from the exile. It is a message of comfort and consolation. As captive people in a foreign land, distress and discouragement were easy to get lost in. When the people focused on the horizontal plain, doubt and fear seemed overwhelming, so the prophet looks at the people and says, “Behold your God!” In whatever distress or difficult situations we might be facing, the call of the prophet rings true today just as it did long ago. We too must behold our God!
Standalone Messages
Sun, Jan 03, 2016
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41 mins 49 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Beginning in Ephesians 4 and proceeding through the rest of the epistle, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. Having described earlier how Jesus attained unity between Jew and Gentile through His death on the cross, Paul now pleads with them to "walk in unity." With humility, gentleness, longsuffering, forbearance and love, they should be diligent to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The unity of the Spirit is then defined as consisting of one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. Perhaps as motivation, Paul reminds them of the gracious gifts Christ gave His church following His ascension to heaven. Such gifts included the offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, which are designed to equip the saints for ministry and bring the body of Christ to maturity. Our prayer is that God would use the gifts of believers here at Gospel Grace Church for intentional body building in 2016.